Thousands have been asked to help decide where Kirklees Council must slash its budgets.

The most important local budget consultation in the council’s 40-year history is to begin on Monday.

The consultation on the difficult budget choices facing the council will open on September 8, with all the options facing councillors in the public domain.

Council leaders have already hinted at massive cuts including the loss of up to 1,000 jobs, the closure of all but a handful of libraries and scrapping services such as lollipop ladies and the free Town Bus.

Now the council has released its proposals for the next three years spending to help local people play an informed part, and help create alternative ways to deliver services in the future.

Cabinet member for Resources Clr Graham Turner said: “We have to achieve huge savings in the next three years, on top of those we have already made. We have reduced our budget by £83 million already, but the easiest things are now done.

“We must find a further £69 million savings over the next three years, and that means we will need to do things differently. It is more important than ever before that interested residents and groups let us have their views.”

The consultation will run in two phases. The first is an initial consultation about the broad principles which support the budget process – the level of council tax, whether the council should sell its assets, and build more homes and business premises to increase income. It also asks whether members of the public support the three broad themes at the heart of service redesign – early intervention and prevention, health and wellbeing, and economic resilience.

This part starts on Monday and runs for four weeks, closing on Friday, October 3.

The second phase will be on specific budget options, running for six weeks from Monday, October 27.

The results from both phases of consultation will be used by councillors as they reach a decision at full council in February.

From Monday residents, businesses and interested groups can complete the survey online by visiting , by emailing or by picking up paper copies from libraries and customer service centres. Once filled in, these can be left at libraries or posted back free of charge to FREEPOST Kirklees Council, CRAC by Friday. October 3.